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Stadler to build new Tyne & Wear Metro trains

Swiss manufacturer Stadler has beaten rivals CAF and Hitachi to secure a £362m contract to build a fleet of 42 new trains for the Tyne & Wear Metro. The Department for Transport will be providing £337m in funding for the trains. Unveiling the new designs, Nexus, which operates the metro system

£500m promised by Government to restore historic rail lines

Photo: PA Wire The Government is going ahead with plans to reverse historical rail cuts, despite critics warning its £500 million budget is not sufficient. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is visiting Fleetwood today with a pledge £100,000 towards a feasibility study into reopening the train line linking the Lancashire town to Poulton-le-Fylde. The Fleetwood line

Government confirms £500m railway reopening fund

A FUND of £500 million has been promised by the Government as the first step in reopening railways around the country, although only £21.9 million has been allocated so far. Transport secretary Grant Shapps visited the Fleetwood area, where the line from Fleetwood to Poulton-le-Fylde lost its passenger services in 1970,

Whisky Nine Six: LNER’s Highland Lifeline

As one of Britain’s longest distance trains prepares for the arrival of new rolling stock, Ben Jones takes a trip on LNER’s ‘Highland Chieftain’ to experience the changing atmosphere onboard as it speeds north. The Up ‘Highland Chieftain’ is seen shortly after passing Dalwhinnie on July 10. The usual stacks of

Northern franchise likely to end within days

TRANSPORT SECRETARY Grant Shapps is reported to be preparing an announcement about the ending of the Northern franchise, which seems likely to be made on Thursday. The chances of the present Arriva Trains North contract being replaced by a shorter-term alternative are now being discounted in favour of a complete return

27 January: news in brief

Minister has ‘gut feeling’ HS2 will go ahead A GOVERNMENT minister says he has a ‘gut feeling’ that HS2 will go ahead. Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay told the BBC that the project was essential because it would ‘level up’ the transport network in Britain. Meanwhile, speculation is growing that the Government

Complexity and risks of HS2 were ‘under-estimated’

Photo: HS2/PA Wire HS2 is over budget and behind schedule because its complexity and risks were under-estimated, according to the Whitehall spending watchdog. The National Audit Office (NAO) warned that it is impossible to “estimate with certainty what the final cost could be”. It published a report urging the Government and HS2 Ltd